Why Washington courts may limit my time with my children?

The court may limit your residential time with your children and may deny you joint decision making or alternative dispute resolution if the court finds any one of the following:

  • Refusal to care for the children and perform parenting duties and responsibilities
  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse of the child
  • History of domestic violence or physical or sexual assault
  • History of sex crimes including child rape, child molestation, incest or other sexual misconduct involving children
  • Long term emotional or physical problems that will disturb a parent’s ability to care for the child
  • Long term drug, alcohol abuse
  • Lack or absence of an emotional bond between parent and child
  • Refusal to give another parent contact with the child for no good reason
  • Other reasons which may pose a threat to the child’s welfare and interests

If these reasons do not exist, then a court will very likely grant joint decision-making to you and your spouse. Additionally, the court will provide for both parents to have quality time with the kids. It is also important to know that if a parent is found to falsely allege any of the above factors about the other parent, then that parent may end up having their time limited with the children.

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